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Jack Bronicki

December 5, 1926 — October 15, 2022


*UPDATE* Per Holiday on Monday, Services are rescheduled for Wednesday at 12:30pm.

Jack Bronicki passed peacefully in his sleep on October 15, 2022. Jack was born in 1926, the youngest of four boys of Fivel and Golda Bronicki.  He was born in the small village of Dworetz, formerly in Poland, now in Belarus.

When he was 13, first the Russians, then finally the Germans invaded his town. His family was moved to a ghetto and when he saw the SS invading his town to liquidate the ghetto, Jack fled to the woods. He spent a year and a half surviving alone in the woods, lonely, terrified and fighting constant hunger. A random frightening exchange with a Russian partisan led him to the Bielski camp, deep in the woods where he met up with his brother and mother, and they survived until the end of the war under the protection of this group.

When they returned to their village, their home was gone, and it was 10 years of survival and DP camps before the family qualified to come to the United States. With the help of the Jewish Federation, Jack was settled in Indianapolis and began to try to create a new life. Jack worked various factory jobs until he got a job at Wishard Hospital where he learned some plumbing skills. Later in life, he began to branch out on his own, doing plumbing repair work for rental homes and individuals. He was known for his pleasant demeanor, low prices and shabby not so chic clothing.

He met his future wife, Maureen Garber at a Jewish singles event and they were married for 57 years.  Despite Jack’s early trauma, he and Maureen had two children, who they raised together and supported through college. Both Laurie and Melissa are proud of the work ethic, strength and resilience demonstrated by their father.

Jack was preceded in death by Maureen and his brothers. He is survived by his children, Laurie (Eddie) Freeman and Melissa Bronicki; and grandchildren, Sarah and Max Freeman.

Graveside funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 12:30pm, in B'nai Torah Cemetery.  Shiva will be on Wednesday from 4 - 7 PM at the Freeman residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United States Holocaust Museum .

The family would like to thank the staff of Traditions at North Willow for their kindness and care.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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